Celebrating the makers of 2024

Visit our online exhibition of groundbreaking work by graduating and thesis students from across the college, find end-of-year events, and connect with us on social media.


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Makers ready to meet tomorrow

Congratulate the creative and intellectual achievements of CCA’s next generation of architects, artists, critical thinkers, designers, historians, filmmakers, photographers, and writers by exploring their work in the Showcase.

The capstone projects shown here empower us collectively to challenge the status quo and remind us how everyday themes such as humor, dreams, hope, and play help anchor our connection to one another.

These graduates and thesis students have made work that makes a difference. Now, they’re ready to act and change the world.

Spotlights

Recognizing outstanding student contributions

A cream-colored graphic with teal, green, yellow, and red shapes in the background. Text in black reads: Deans' Spotlight.

The deans of CCA’s four academic divisions selected students whose submissions to the 2024 Showcase demonstrate excellence in theory and practice.

A special note of congratulations from the deans

Commencement is a significant milestone of personal and academic achievement. The next generation of CCA-educated artists, architects, curators, designers, strategists, filmmakers, and writers has emerged. We’re honored to share the work of these exceptional graduates through the Class of 2024 Showcase.

These creative individuals have produced research, projects, and works of art, design, architecture, and writing that are original, compelling, and ambitious. Their many accomplishments attest to their tenacity and passion as well as their capacity to ask hard questions and to boldly envision futures that are inclusive and sustainable.

Now more than ever, we value these graduates for their critical imagination for they are central to shaping culture during these rapidly changing times. We’re eager to see where they journey post-graduation and how they will transform the world and our experience of it through their voices, craft, and vision.

We applaud you. Congratulations, Class of 2024!

— Dean of Architecture Keith Krumwiede, Dean of Design Helen Maria Nugent, Dean of Fine Arts Sunny A. Smith, and Dean of Humanities & Sciences Jacqueline Francis

Explore the showcase by division and program

Two students review architectural models at the annual Architecture Show and Tell event.

Architecture

We envision architecture that can change the world for the better, by combining innovation in our fields with social and environmental impact. Our work addresses critical global issues—including climate change, resource scarcity, and housing inequity—through deep research, theoretical speculation, and design action.


Fashion Design students prep for critiques in the Nave.

Design

We engage with the most pressing challenges of our time and imagine what’s next by applying the full range of a designer’s toolset, from research and ideation to strategic foresight and iterative prototyping. Our work is driven by an ambition to create a world we want to live in.


Students participate in a printmedia workshop with Drew Cameron of combat paper held at Rayko in San Francisco.

Fine Arts

We are truth-seekers, culture workers, storytellers, and activists. With curiosity, honesty, and self-reflection, we boldly confront reality, using our creativity to craft a repository of collective memory and to ignite others to envision the future differently.


Attendees speak with comic artists at the Comics: Pride in Panels event.

Humanities & Sciences

We activate interdisciplinary modes of critical and creative expression to delve into the social, political, and historical dimensions of our changing times. Our work embraces social transformation and worldbuilding through writing, visual analysis, curatorial practice, and comics.

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Opportunities to celebrate theory and practice

The 2024 Showcase and its associated celebrations are free and open to the public, from in-person events and exhibitions to animations, films, online symposiums, and more. Browse programs and mark your calendars.

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July 11, 2024

The annual CCA Comics Festival at @silversprocket is always an amazing kick off to our MFA in Comics summer residency. Thanks to everyone who came to support our artists and celebrate the future of comics. 💛

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July 8, 2024

This is 'vessel' by Tian bu (BFA Jewelry & Metal Arts 2024) 🫀 selected as the Deans Spotlight in the 2024 Showcase. ⁠

"The deliberate choice to incorporate traditional womanly techniques, such as crochet and beading, pays homage to the enduring legacy of femininity, a heritage passed down through generations. These methods, steeped in history and craftsmanship, symbolize the strength and resilience of the women who paved the way for me." ⁠

Look closely and you'll see a blue hand-sewn heart embedded inside the sculpture. It symbolizes the anticipation of a baby boy in Chinese culture and also mirrors the social pressures that women face. ⁠

The artist hopes viewers reach a state of acceptance of their bodies, find their own definition of beauty, and freedom from the constraints of societal expectations and one-dimensional stereotypes.⁠

Go to cca.edu/showcase ⁠

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July 5, 2024

From the Design District to the European design capitals ✈️ 🧳 In the study abroad course 'Modernism / Postmodernism in European Design,' led by Mara Holt Skov, students explored three historic sites for design in Europe: Dessau for the Bauhaus and German modernism, Amsterdam for the Dutch de Stijl movement and 1990s postmodern design, and Milan for the post WWII design boom and 1980s Memphis postmodernism. ⁠

On this trip, students studied the movements, methods, technologies, and materials within their geographic, historic, and cultural settings. They visited museum collections, manufacturers, design studios, and relevant cultural sites. Swipe to see some memorable moments from the trip.

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July 3, 2024

Studying art history looks different at CCA 🤓🏺 Be ready for hands-on experience with art materials, living and learning among other artists, and really belong to a vibrant arts & culture community.

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